Parent Engagement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of educating the whole child to ensure student achievement and success.
The Parental Engagement Sub-Committee made the case for offering parental engagement seminars in the workplace in September 2011. The idea came to fruition after hearing from educators of the low parental participation in seminars offered at the schools. Through a brainstorming session, the idea of offering seminars in the workplace was suggested by an industry leader and accepted by the education partners and other committee members. Pilot companies were identified, employees were surveyed for topics and encouraged to attend their first 30 minute-session on “self-esteem” in the comfortable atmosphere of their own place of employment, with support from their company. Employees responded overwhelmingly in favor of the sessions and clamored for more time and sessions on various topics.
The program continues to expand to more organizations each year and includes topics on bullying, drug awareness, communication, family dynamics, risky behavior, social-media issues, responding to your child’s personality, peer pressure, teen trends, understanding testing, self-esteem and more. Participant surveys reveal that 58% of the respondents do not attend parental involvement sessions in their local schools. There are a variety of reasons why session attendance at school is challenging and why conducting sessions in the workplace are growing more and more popular.
Meeting the growing demand for sessions in the workplace can now be accommodated thanks to the TN Three Star program that funded the taping of the Parental Engagement Seminar Series. Each session can be viewed on line via YouTube or VIMEO anytime and anywhere. Employers can elect to offer the video sessions in the workplace or can suggest viewing from home.